Going completely carbon neutral is much easier said than done. But just because you can’t make a full 180 on your current lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help better the planet. Are you using single-use plastic bags at the grocery store instead of reusable ones? Have you considered swapping out your current toothbrush for one made of bamboo? Remember, it’s all about baby steps.
A great place to start is your home. Nowadays, you can source of-the-moment rugs, furniture, and even everyday kitchen essentials from purveyors who are committed to providing sustainable products. By shopping these brands, you can help make a small (but mighty!) difference, one pillow or chair at a time. It’s an easy way to feel good while also making your space look good—and who doesn’t want that?
We've rounded up seven home companies doing their part to protect the planet. Shop the home essentials below to make your space more eco-friendly not just on Earth Day, but every day.
Avocado specializes in green mattress made with natural and organic materials—including 100 percent GOTS-certified organic wool and 100 percent natural latex from tree-tapped sources. They also offer eco-friendly pillows and bed frames, so you can fully kit out your bedroom with sustainable goods.
If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. Relaxed linen sheets make any bed look chicly lived-in, and when those sheets are made from sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly materials, you can smile a little bigger while tucking in. Primary Goods's sheets and comforters also come ready to snap together at the top and bottom, so there's no more tugging or bunching in the middle of the night.
The Citizenry set out to build a company that celebrates the people and places behind the products they sell. Country by country, they partner with master artisans, blending modern style with international, time-tested techniques. By personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, they avoid material shipping emissions and place a very low impact on the environment to produce immaculately crafted, fair-trade goods.
W&P is dedicated to creating reusable kitchen products that make the way we cook, eat, and drink more sustainable. Their array of candy-colored, durable takeaway vessels make transporting your morning latte, lunchtime grain bowl, and lemon water easy, stylish, and kind to the earth.
At Everlane, making a conscious choice is as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. They partner with environmentally-friendly, ethical factories, source the finest materials, and promote what they call "radical transparency"-- revealing the true cost behind all their products, from transportation to labor to markups. Their range of effortlessly chic jumpsuits and classic tees are guaranteed to last a lifetime and never go out of style.
Tuft & Paw is focused on creating cat-friendly products that are kind to not only your adorable furry friend, but the earth as well. They only carry brands that create high-quality, consciously made products and take the same pride in the details of their craft as they do in the ethics of their materials and operations.
The only thing better than a great pair of flats is a great pair of flats that helps save the turtles. Rothy's bags are carefully crafted with a proprietary blend of marine plastic and Rothy’s signature thread, which is spun from single-use water bottles (45+ million and counting!). Their bags and shoes are also 3D knit to shape—resulting in far less waste than typical manufacturing. Plus, because their accessories are made from plastics, they are 100% machine washable.
Marimekko's vibrant, playful prints enliven any room they're placed in and are made to bring joy for a long time with minimal impact on the environment. Marimekko is continually improving on their impact, pledging to reduct their carbon emissions by 50% and manufacturing waste and water consumption by 20% by the end of 2020. From membership in the amfori BSCI initiative, which aims to improve working conditions throughout the supply chain, to using sustainable cotton and wool in their products, Marimekko makes sure that the world will be around as long as their enduring patterns will.
From our bedrooms to our planet, taking care of the spaces we inhabit is the foundation for long-term well-being. At Brentwood Home, they make it a priority to research and source materials intensely, making sure they meet the Golden State standards for environmental responsibility. Their affordable, natural mattresses and bedding are remarkably luxurious, promoting healthy, nontoxic sleep and well-rested happiness.
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